If you’re making our tomato tarte tatin for a Sunday brunch, perhaps you should prepare this cocktail to accompany it. When Chris saw me adding fresh thyme to the tarte, he must have gotten inspired. This drink features fresh thyme and lemon juice, and those herbal and citrus notes compliment the drink’s main ingredients: Lillet and Bourbon.

Sunday in the Park: a unique drink but still a crowd pleaser; not too strong but not boring.

sunday in the park: cocktail with bourbon, citrus, herbs, and lillet blanc | a couple of amateurs

Technically should be served in a Collins glass, which is this tall skinny glass pictured. It will probably taste the same in any other glass, but will it be as cute? Hard to say…

lillet and bourbon cocktail | a couple of amateurs


  • 1 oz Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 1/2 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • one dash each of orange and angostura bitters
  • 1/2 oz of simple syrup (equal mix sugar and water, melt the sugar and then cool)
  • fresh sprig of thyme

Mix all ingredients in a shaker. Shake and strain into a tall glass, over ice. Finish with a splash of soda water and another fresh sprig of thyme. Serve for brunch with this savory tarte tatin.

adapted from Food and Wine

cocktail pairing for a tomato tarte tatin | a couple of amateurs

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